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Copy Cat Olive Garden’s Pasta e Fagioli

Over the weekend, my husband and I took a road trip and had lunch at an Olive Garden restaurant. My hubby had a bowl of their Paste e Fagioli and loved it. Since I am on a gluten-free diet, I decided to make my own copycat version of Olive Garden’s Pasta e Fagioli. 

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When I tasted this delicious soup, I asked my husband if he thought it was a good copycat version. He instantly said, “Yes!” (Sigh. I love that man!) So, for dinner tonight, I made a Copy Cat Olive Garden’s Pasta e Fagioli soup! 


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It’s that time of year when I break out a stock pot and whip up a batch of soup! A yummy, hot, steamy bowl of soup helps to take the chill off the ‘ole bones. Plus, it’s great when I come home from work because I can heat up a couple bowls for an easy dinner.

This hearty and filling soup have all kinds of great ingredients. The flavors are a cross between an Italian pasta dish and chili soup. See all of those yummy veggies, pasta, beans and ground beef? 

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Copy Cat Olive Garden’s Pasta e Fagioli

30 minPrep Time

60 minCook Time

1 hr, 30 Total Time

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  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 6 oz tomato paste (GF Option: use gluten free tomato paste)
  • 1 qt tomato juice (GF Option: use gluten free juice)
  • 1 qt water or beef broth (GF Option: use gluten free beef broth)
  • 2 cups diced carrots
  • 2 cups diced celery
  • 1 cup onion
  • 2 tsp pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp cilantro flakes
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp oregano leaves
  • 3 tbsp parsley leaves
  • 2 tsp sweet basil leaves
  • 2 tsp tarragon leaves
  • 14 1/2 oz tomatoes, petite cut (GF Option: use gluten free tomatoes)
  • 8 oz elbow macaroni noodles (GF Option: use gluten free noodles)
  • 1 (15 1/2 ounce) can great northern beans (GF Option: use gluten free beans)


  1. In a skillet over medium heat, cook ground beef, drain, set aside.
  2. In a stock pot, add tomato paste, tomato juice and beef broth, bring to low boil.
  3. Add carrots, celery, onion, pepper, salt, sugar, cilantro, garlic, oregano, parsley, sweet basil, tarragon and tomatoes.
  4. Cook until vegetables are tender.
  5. Add macaroni, cook until noodles are tender.
  6. Add great northern beans and ground beef, continue cooking until thoroughly heated through.
  7. Serve.


To add a little more 'kick' to this recipe, simply add a splash of hot sauce and/or more chili powder seasoning.

If you are on a gluten-free diet you can easily modify a few key factors in this recipe to make it a totally gluten-free soup.  I have not tried making this Copy Cat Olive Garden’s Pasta e Fagioli in the crockpot, however, I think it would work just fine. Just be sure to cook your ground beef and drain it before adding it to the other ingredients. Also, to make this an even heartier meal try adding a delicious muffin alongside. 

Here’s to staying warm!

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  • Jennifer L Scott October 18, 2014, 9:13 pm
    I love everything about Olive Garden! I haven't had this soup yet because I'm vegetarian. But I know Mr. Chef would love it! Thanks for sharing. My Profile

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